Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine (TUCVM) recently announced the recipients of the PetDesk Equity in Veterinary Medicine 2021 scholarship, which it set up last fall to expand the possibilities of veterinary medicine to marginalized groups as a freshman Pauline Hunter at TUCVM and Alijah Bradford. a fourth year student. The duo will each receive $ 20,000 to pay for their veterinary training.
“We are grateful to PetDesk for their inspirational and deliberate commitment to the veterinary profession through the establishment of the PetDesk Equity in Veterinary Medicine Scholarship,” said Ruby L. Perry, DVM, PhD, DACVR, Dean of TUCVM, in a university publication.
“The spirit of this scholarship aligns with the legacy of the Tuskegee University Veterinary College to promote and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the veterinary profession. PetDesk’s vision and generosity will not only support students on the DVM professional program on their way to becoming career vets, but also pre-vet scientists who wish to become vets, ”she adds.
Hunter knew early on that she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Her heart was originally set to become a small animal veterinarian, but her interests have since expanded to large animal medicine and beyond.
Bradford is currently the secretary of the Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society at Tuskegee University. Over the years she has been an active member of various clubs and organizations and has particularly enjoyed participating in events for the Tuskegee community.
“In developing our Veterinary Equity program, we knew we had to start at Tuskegee University. They have been dedicated to equity work for decades and we are honored to be part of their larger programs and support those who need them most, ”said Taylor Cavanah, CEO and Co-Founder of PetDesk.
“This scholarship work is just a foretaste of the positive changes that Tuskegee promotes every day, and PetDesk is looking forward to increasing our impact together.”